On Monday, Paul Jones US Ambassador convened Pakistan Minister of National Research and Food Security Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan before Prime Minister Imran Khan’s next visit to Washington.
At the meeting, the minister said the incumbent government, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, was making considerable efforts to strengthen the agricultural sector, particularly post-devolution.
The government has identified a few areas that will be developed as a priority, he said, explaining those areas include mechanization of agriculture, improving cotton yield, oilseed development and reducing the import bill.
Mr Jones said the United States knew that Pakistan is a major agricultural country
“Exchange of technologies in the agro field, including cooperation in value addition, public-private partnership would be welcomed by both the sides,” he added.
The US minister and diplomat unanimously felt that the Prime Minister’s visit would be very important to highlight the areas of cooperation, particularly in the field of agriculture.
The minister asked the envoy that exports of Pakistani mangoes, exported to nearly 48 countries around the world, in the United States, can be improved because they meet all international standards and are exported after steam treatment.
“This will give a great boost to mango export and the US could also work in collaboration for value addition of mango in Pakistan which will be mutually beneficial,” he added.
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27 September, 2019